SWANA) applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of a National Recycling Strategy, which was announced earlier today by EPA Administrator Michael Regan. The Strategy is the first step in a 10-year vision and new strategic direction for EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program. SWANA has been closely engaged with EPA over the past four years helping the agency respond to China’s National Sword program, including participating actively on several recycling workgroups and advocating for EPA’s 50 percent waste diversion goal by 2030.

“SWANA is very pleased that EPA has broadened the draft National Recycling Strategy to encompass Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and other topics,” stated David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. “We look forward to working closely with EPA and other stakeholders to educate Americans about the strategy and helping to implement it.”

SWANA received an advance briefing from EPA officials concerning the strategy late last week, and Carlton Waterhouse from EPA discussed the strategy during his keynote session at WASTECON on November 3. SWANA has played a very active role advocating for stronger federal support for municipal recycling programs. SWANA was a key supporter of the RECYCLE Act, which was incorporated into the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will be signed by President Biden later today.  SWANA spoke at a recent U.S. Senate Recycling Roundtable and issued a report on the recovery of recycling markets.

For more information, visit https://swana.org/initiatives/recycling.